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Future Health 2050: Planetary health and emerging diseases: equipping the life sciences sector to respond

By SALUS User Experience Team 09 Nov 2022 0

Human and animal health are inextricably linked to the health of the planet. Changes to the climate and environmental degradation are leading to more extreme weather events, such as wildfires, floods, heatwaves and mass population migrations, which in combination with the greater encroachment of human settlements into the habitats of wildlife, are increasing the potential for the spread of new and emerging zoonotic diseases, such as Covid-19.


In this webinar, our expert panel will explore the role of the health and life sciences sector in mitigating and responding to this existential threat to human health, addressing key questions such as:


  • How should animal and human science research be better integrated to understand the threat of novel zoonotic and infectious diseases? 
  • How can we improve disease surveillance, preparedness, resilience and response?
  • Should health and life sciences organisations work more closely together? Does physical proximity matter? 
  • How does the sector better support the capture of the co-benefits between sustainable development and human health?
  • Is the health and life sciences sector demonstrating enough leadership in reducing its own carbon footprint?


Chair: John Cooper, Director, John Cooper Architecture; Advisor, SALUS
Panel: Adam Trigg, Director, client relations programme, Lexica
Jenny Stewart, Director of science and transformation, Animal and Plant Health Agency
Kris Murray, Assoc. professor of environment and health, Planetary Health MRC Unit, The Gambia, LSHTM; MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, School of Public Health, Imperial College London 
Dominic Kniveton, Professor of climate change and society, University of Sussex